RRI February 2022
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Eighteen year old Scott Swann has been making a major mark on British championship racing over the past five seasons, two decades after his dad, michael, dominated the Irish short circuit scene. RRI’s Maurice Montgomery meets the Co. Antrim father and son team.
The Great All Rounders: As modern motorcycle sport has split into specialised disciplines, only the most versatile riders have been successful in both BSB and TT racing. RRI’s Phil Wain recalls a previous era when the biggest stars were winners at the highest level on both the British short circuits and around the Mountain course.
The 2022 season got underway in Spain for FHO BMW teammates, Peter Hickman and Brian McCormack, during January. RRI’s John Dunne travelled with the team to Cartagena for the four day test.
MotoGP: Strabane journalist, Simon Patterson, who followed the action lap by lap at each round, tells RRI why he thinks 2021was a year that will be talked about for a long time to come.
Mountain Roads: Although Ireland and the Isle of Man are the traditional homes of between the hedges racing, many other events are run on closed public roads around the world. This month Italian journalist, Marta Covioli and Belgian photographer, Alexandra Depierreux,have been exploring the Italian and European hill climb championships for RRI.
Can Honda win the WBSK title again? Why does Honda have such a poor record during recent seasons in the World Superbike series? That is the question RRI’s WSBK correspondent, Maurice Montgomery investigates this month.
A passion for motorcycles has been handed down from generation to generation in Ireland, giving rise to sporting dynasties that have made their mark far beyond this island. Hailing from the shores of Lough Neagh in Co. Antrim, Mickey Laverty has inspired a new racing lineage to follow in his wheeltracks.
Spend ten minutes with Tim Reeves.
Motorbike racing can’t happen without sponsors. Some are the headline supporters of teams or events while others limit their backing to a particular rider. A few are content to slip their favourite racer some cash at the bar as they enjoy the afterglow of a day’s sport. This month RRI’s Jack Corry meets Thomas Fitzsimons, a man whose love of racing has seen him perform all of those roles.
RRI’s motorcycle racing historian, Harry Havelin, recalls the glory days of racing at Co. Meath’s Dunboyne circuit.